THE RICKY GERVAIS SHOW Season 1 Review

The Ricky Gervais Show Season 1 DVD

I’m a big fan of Ricky Gervais. From the British The Office to Extras, his dry humor and one liners have never failed to make me laugh. That’s why I jumped at the chance to review Season 1 of THE RICKY GERVAIS SHOW when given the opportunity. I wasn’t over sure what to expect, and am happy to report that I wasn’t disappointed.

I was provided with a download of Season 1 from iTunes; and it was convenience at its best. I clicked I think three buttons before all 13 episodes were happily downloading away, and I was able to watch the episode one while the others downloaded in the background. Super easy! And now wherever I go with my laptop – The Ricky Gervais show comes with me. I have a feeling it’ll come in handy on my next roadtrip!

The show is simple – Gervais, along with co-writer Stephen Merchant and producer Karl Pilkington sitting around a table carrying on a conversation as if they aren’t being filmed. The show’s concept comes from the success of the podcasts that the trio has created. I was a little apprehensive when “Space Monkey” first began (fear of the unknown, I think) but about 2 minutes into the show, I had to stifle my laughter so I didn’t wake up the entire household.

Gervais is hilarious. Partner him with Merchant and let them run wild, and the result is wonderful. Although most of the episodes are the pair laughing at and giving Pilkington a hard time while he goes on his own tangents; the result is comedy at its best!

The trio are turned into animated caricatures of themselves, and while Pilkington tells his stories, they play as a cartoon with the animated Gervais, Merchant, and Pilkington interjected into scenes when the need arises (and sometimes even when it doesn’t just for effect).

There is no set plot to each episode, but the majority of them turn out to be Pilkington’s take on well known analogies (his understanding of “People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones” is HYSTERICAL), historic events, scientific breakthroughs, and anything else that fans email in.

Gervais’ reaction to his friend’s understanding and opinion on these topics is what makes the show funny. He doesn’t hesitate for a second to point out when Pilkington is wrong or to just flat out laugh at his friend’s thoughts. With interjections from Merchant that just fuel on Gervais’ tangents, the show is wonderfully fantastic.

If you’re looking for a quick laugh, and want to see three friends argue in a way that only good friends can do, be sure to catch The Ricky Gervais Show!

You can now download The Ricky Gervais Show: The Complete First Season iTunes.

In addition, make sure you watch season 2 of The Ricky Gervais Show currently airing on HBO on Fridays at 9pm.

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